The bank robber dubbed the “geezer bandit” has struck again. The elderly suspect held up a San Diego bank on April 30 bringing the total number of heists he’s accused of committing in the area to 8.
A $16,000 reward has been offered for information leading to his arrest and conviction.
While the moniker may be amusing, authorities told CNN the “geezer bandit” has carried a weapon in at least one robbery and should be considered dangerous.
“In these types of crimes the potential for violence is significant,” said April Langwell, spokeswoman for the San Diego office of the FBI. “The last thing we want to happen is an employee of the bank or a customer to be injured as a result of one man's greed.”
One of his most recent heists occurred on April 20, the FBI said. On 9:10 that morning, the “geezer bandit” entered a branch of the California Bank and Trust in Vista, California and handed a demand note to the teller, authorities said.
According to an FBI release, the note “stated it was a robbery and threatened having a weapon.” The suspect then “opened a black day planner to show the teller that he had a black short barreled revolver pointed at her. After the teller produced the money he put the cash into his day planner and walked out of the bank and out of sight,” the release said.
The suspect has been described as between 60-70 years old. But there has been some suggestion that he may be wearing a mask to conceal his real age and make him appear much older than what he actually is, Langwell told CNN.]
He is approximately 6’0”, 190 pounds, of average build and has been known to wear prescription eyeglasses and a blue baseball cap with a script style “P” on the front.
Anyone with information on the “geezer bandit” should contact the FBI at (858) 565-1255
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